What are Endowed Fellowships? 

These fellowships are supported by endowed income from wills and trusts, or gifts from organizations or individuals. Recipients are expected to register for credit in the Graduate School during the tenure of the award. These endowed fellowships are available only to currently enrolled graduate students.

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The Louise T. Dosdall Fellowship is for female-identified doctoral students pursuing research or study in Natural or Physical Sciences and Engineering. Fellows are expected to be engaged full-time in degree-related activity during the fellowship year. Funding includes $25,000 for the academic year, plus tuition and subsidized health insurance for the academic year. Summer health insurance will be provided if the Fellow remains eligible. Up to two awards are available for 2022-23.

Who Is Eligible?

Students must be registered for credit in a Ph.D. program and must have completed at least one year of graduate studies at the University of Minnesota at the time of application. Students are ineligible for a second award.

Graduate programs are limited to one nomination per program. Please contact your graduate program for internal review instructions.

How Do I Apply?

Graduate Programs can complete the application electronically. Nominees cannot submit applications directly.

See below for additional instructions which may be helpful when completing the application.

Instructions for Required Components:

  • Maximum two-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins.  Key references, diagrams or pictures may be included (but they are not required) on a single additional appendix page (no formatting requirements).
  • Include a working title for your research project at the top of the proposal.
  • After the title, begin the statement with a 100-word abstract.
  • Your research plan should describe the work already completed, the current status of the project, and whether or not it is to form the basis of your dissertation.
  • If your research is part of a larger group project, be specific about your role and independent contribution.
  • Explain how your research will be completed if this request is not funded or if other needed funds are not forthcoming.
  • Maximum two-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins.
  • Focus on activities relevant to your research, publications, presentations, academic accomplishments & awards.
  • Find out how to obtain unofficial UMN transcripts here.

If you are unsure if you need IRB/IACUC approval, start by speaking with your faculty advisor(s). You can also consult the UMN IRB page for additional resources. 

Applicants will also need provide two letters of recommendation.